A plan is only as good as the information that’s used to develop it. For example, creating an HVAC asset management plan requires that facilities managers know the effectiveness of their system on indoor environmental conditions. They must also know the system’s impact on the company’s bottom line. With this information, managers can plan for […]

10 Jun 2022

Business owners and facilities managers have concerns about maintaining and upgrading their HVAC systems. They recognize the many benefits proper IAQ provides to employees such as improved health and limiting the spread of viruses. That said, they also worry about the impact these upgrades and repairs have on operating costs. However, the truth is that […]

As more people return to the workplace post-pandemic, this means more time is spent in buildings with potentially unhealthy indoor air. It’s a health concern when working in the modern workplace. Open floor plans, conference rooms, and shared office spaces create a level of risk. However, if facilities managers work to create sustainable indoor conditions […]

You may not think water intrusion affects indoor air quality, but it does. When water enters the building undetected it creates an ideal environment for mold to grow and thrive. It also allows outside contaminants into the building. This impacts the health of building occupants both at home and in the workplace. Therefore, building managers […]

It’s important to keep HVAC equipment clean and free of built-up dirt and debris. Hygienic duct cleaning and the disinfection of system components are also key to achieving proper indoor air quality. While this step assists facilities managers in their efforts to maintain healthy IAQ for occupants, static pressure is another consideration. Static pressure is […]

  With the risk of airborne transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus established, homeowners and business owners seek to limit the spread of COVID indoors. This requires a combination of methods and guidelines including increased HVAC maintenance and social distancing. A recent air cleaner study recommends an additional tool in the fight against virus transmission. The […]

  The COVID pandemic highlights the danger of airborne viruses as well as the need to limit their spread. Viruses, however, are not the only risk posed to building occupants. Airborne particulate matter (PM) poses a significant risk as well. When we breathe in these tiny particles, some smaller than ten microns, we put ourselves […]

02 May 2022

In March, the Biden Administration released its National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. The plan provides guidance on the continued fight against COVID-19. A key part of this plan includes the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge. The clean air challenge is for facilities managers, business owners, and other stakeholders to improve indoor air quality and limit the […]

  The ongoing pandemic introduced the general public to many new terms and acronyms. While a term such as indoor air quality (IAQ) isn’t new, many more people became familiar with it as a result of COVID-19. HEPA is another term now gaining a wider understanding. It relates to the effectiveness of air filters. CADR, […]